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Working on my Rusty Turquoise quilt today. I finished all the blocks and laid them all out. It took some doing to make sure that there were no two pieces that matched each other lengthwise.

Here's my posts regarding it on Tumblr. I still have to make the outer border I want, but things are going well so far.

I'm also going to work on the three (augh!) fics I owe for the Word-a-Day challenge. I want to produce at least two for the day.
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Working on my Rusty Turquoise quilt today. I finished all the blocks and laid them all out. It took some doing to make sure that there were no two pieces that matched each other lengthwise.

Here's my posts regarding it on Tumblr. I still have to make the outer border I want, but things are going well so far.

I'm also going to work on the three (augh!) fics I owe for the Word-a-Day challenge. I want to produce at least two for the day.
schizoauthoress: (Adventures in Sewing)
The Work Quilt (AKA Pinwheels that I Sewed During Slow Times My First Few Months at My Call Center Job) is slowly, steadily taking shape as a Real Quilt now. I've been messing with patchwork and the sewing of quilt tops for quite a while now. Except for a wall-hanging or two, I haven't done the actual "sandwich some batting between two layers of fabric and sew together" thing.

So, the Work Quilt (AKA Oh Man I Am So Not Confident In My Abilities to Do This But Here Goes Anyway) is my first large-size quilt. I already had to rip out some seams and tore the backing flannel a little bit. But since this is the Work Quilt (AKA Practice Material That I Will Love and Use Regardless), I'm just going to keep plugging along and trust that things will work out. Any mistakes I make with this one (and I'm sure there will be plenty) will just mean mistakes that I'll know to avoid with my next quilt. (Which, hopefully, will be the Churn Dash quilt.)
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The Work Quilt (AKA Pinwheels that I Sewed During Slow Times My First Few Months at My Call Center Job) is slowly, steadily taking shape as a Real Quilt now. I've been messing with patchwork and the sewing of quilt tops for quite a while now. Except for a wall-hanging or two, I haven't done the actual "sandwich some batting between two layers of fabric and sew together" thing.

So, the Work Quilt (AKA Oh Man I Am So Not Confident In My Abilities to Do This But Here Goes Anyway) is my first large-size quilt. I already had to rip out some seams and tore the backing flannel a little bit. But since this is the Work Quilt (AKA Practice Material That I Will Love and Use Regardless), I'm just going to keep plugging along and trust that things will work out. Any mistakes I make with this one (and I'm sure there will be plenty) will just mean mistakes that I'll know to avoid with my next quilt. (Which, hopefully, will be the Churn Dash quilt.)
schizoauthoress: (Adventures in Sewing)
Here is a picture of my progress on the charm quilt I mentioned earlier:



Back in 2004 or 2005, when I first started considering quilting as a hobby, I did it all by hand and started simple. Adam used to take me to Artco so that I could buy their packs of scrap fabric. The piece indicated by the red arrow is the only piece of fabric I have left from that time. It decided the dimensions of my charm pieces and will have pride of place in the final layout, top row center.



I need your help with two things, friends. First, a poll:
[Poll #1550934]

And an open request...if any of you on my friends list come across blue scrap fabric in one inch strips, or at least 4 inches on one side, maybe you could save it up and send it my way? I'd gladly pay for any shipping costs. If it's not possible for you, don't worry. Part of the fun is making other projects and getting the scraps.
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Here is a picture of my progress on the charm quilt I mentioned earlier:



Back in 2004 or 2005, when I first started considering quilting as a hobby, I did it all by hand and started simple. Adam used to take me to Artco so that I could buy their packs of scrap fabric. The piece indicated by the red arrow is the only piece of fabric I have left from that time. It decided the dimensions of my charm pieces and will have pride of place in the final layout, top row center.



I need your help with two things, friends. First, a poll:
[Poll #1550934]

And an open request...if any of you on my friends list come across blue scrap fabric in one inch strips, or at least 4 inches on one side, maybe you could save it up and send it my way? I'd gladly pay for any shipping costs. If it's not possible for you, don't worry. Part of the fun is making other projects and getting the scraps.
schizoauthoress: (Back in Black--Wufei)
[world of warcraft]
I started a new WoW character last night (without prompting from Richard) and played it all by myself. ^_^ Losilota, level 8 human Warlock, as of my last quest prior to taking a break.

I'm not liking my Druid (Talibre, level 10 night elf) as much as I thought I would...but that might just be because Richard is herding me toward getting a skillset -- after which he's going to delete the character helping me -- and I guess I spent too long "on my own" as Losilota to want to blindly follow Richard as much as I used to. Meh. I'll get over it.

****

[quilting]
To Do List:
+ Find my camera's USB cord
+ Enlist Richard's help in photographing the finished top for Work Quilt
+ Upload pictures of Work Quilt and Astrolog Cabin blocks
---> post pictures of Work Quilt and possibly Astrolog Cabin to [livejournal.com profile] quilting
+ Work on Spectral Tea and Astrolog Cabin
+ Make six 'Mother's Dream' blocks for California Dreaming (wall-hanging or lap quilt)

****

[other]
+ Put together bookcase, place in living room
+ Arrange the games/DVDs/etc on bookcase
+ Possibly rearrange some stuff in living room
+ Load of light-colored laundry
schizoauthoress: (Default)
[world of warcraft]
I started a new WoW character last night (without prompting from Richard) and played it all by myself. ^_^ Losilota, level 8 human Warlock, as of my last quest prior to taking a break.

I'm not liking my Druid (Talibre, level 10 night elf) as much as I thought I would...but that might just be because Richard is herding me toward getting a skillset -- after which he's going to delete the character helping me -- and I guess I spent too long "on my own" as Losilota to want to blindly follow Richard as much as I used to. Meh. I'll get over it.

****

[quilting]
To Do List:
+ Find my camera's USB cord
+ Enlist Richard's help in photographing the finished top for Work Quilt
+ Upload pictures of Work Quilt and Astrolog Cabin blocks
---> post pictures of Work Quilt and possibly Astrolog Cabin to [livejournal.com profile] quilting
+ Work on Spectral Tea and Astrolog Cabin
+ Make six 'Mother's Dream' blocks for California Dreaming (wall-hanging or lap quilt)

****

[other]
+ Put together bookcase, place in living room
+ Arrange the games/DVDs/etc on bookcase
+ Possibly rearrange some stuff in living room
+ Load of light-colored laundry
schizoauthoress: (Jayne Cobb)
Rather than bemoan the loss of the teal basketweave too much -- aside from my tongue-in-cheek melodramatics last night -- I decided while at big JoAnn to buy a plain(ish) quarter-yard of teal fabric that goes well with the fuchsia basketweave fabric, and randomly scatter the 'different' blocks on the quilt top.

I'm going to have (if I have done the math right) 15 Blazing Arrow blocks of the two basketweave fabrics. Not sure how many of these others will result (probably about six or seven if my cutting works out).

ETA
2040: I took one of the fuchsia strips and paired it with the plain teal, so now here's how it breaks down:

15 blocks, basketweave in fuchsia and teal
5 blocks, plain teal/fuchsia basketweave

This means twenty blocks total, which I can make into a four-by-five quilt. I don't think I'll need to sash these blocks. The framing border will probably be black or bright green, and the binding will either be the alternate color, or more teal.
schizoauthoress: (Default)
Rather than bemoan the loss of the teal basketweave too much -- aside from my tongue-in-cheek melodramatics last night -- I decided while at big JoAnn to buy a plain(ish) quarter-yard of teal fabric that goes well with the fuchsia basketweave fabric, and randomly scatter the 'different' blocks on the quilt top.

I'm going to have (if I have done the math right) 15 Blazing Arrow blocks of the two basketweave fabrics. Not sure how many of these others will result (probably about six or seven if my cutting works out).

ETA
2040: I took one of the fuchsia strips and paired it with the plain teal, so now here's how it breaks down:

15 blocks, basketweave in fuchsia and teal
5 blocks, plain teal/fuchsia basketweave

This means twenty blocks total, which I can make into a four-by-five quilt. I don't think I'll need to sash these blocks. The framing border will probably be black or bright green, and the binding will either be the alternate color, or more teal.
schizoauthoress: (Jasmine Exasperated)
Normally, I love finding pretty leftovers of fabric in the remnant bins at the various JoAnn Fabrics that I visit. Except this once...I found a fuschia fabric with a basketweave pattern, which I've used a few times in my scrappy quilt top, but I could never find a use for it in my other projects. It always looked "off" when paired with the other fabrics in my stash (other than the dark green flower-patterned stuff I cut out of a dollar-store shirt).

Well, I was in Roseburg, Oregon this past week, and found the same fabric at the JoAnn there -- except they also had it in teal. I love that particular combination of colors. Mindful of the fact that I would be working with a remnant roll of which I was no longer certain the dimensions, I only bought half a yard.

Turns out that I needed three-quarters of a yard in order to use up all the freakin' fucshia.

*flings hands wide and shouts to the sky -- "WHYYYY?!?"*

Not only that, but when I went to the little JoAnn that's on the way home from work (to spend the gift card that my workplace Secret Santa gave me), I could not find the teal fabric anywhere! They were completely out!

*drops to knees and starts to sob*

So I've asked Richard to take me to the big JoAnn (the two-story building with the fabric section upstairs) tomorrow, to see if we can locate the remaining quarter-yard of teal that I need.

If we can't, I may need to resort to begging any Oregonians in [livejournal.com profile] fabric_swaps to do me the favor of looking. I may ask in [livejournal.com profile] quilting, too, because I think they'd understand.
schizoauthoress: (Default)
Normally, I love finding pretty leftovers of fabric in the remnant bins at the various JoAnn Fabrics that I visit. Except this once...I found a fuschia fabric with a basketweave pattern, which I've used a few times in my scrappy quilt top, but I could never find a use for it in my other projects. It always looked "off" when paired with the other fabrics in my stash (other than the dark green flower-patterned stuff I cut out of a dollar-store shirt).

Well, I was in Roseburg, Oregon this past week, and found the same fabric at the JoAnn there -- except they also had it in teal. I love that particular combination of colors. Mindful of the fact that I would be working with a remnant roll of which I was no longer certain the dimensions, I only bought half a yard.

Turns out that I needed three-quarters of a yard in order to use up all the freakin' fucshia.

*flings hands wide and shouts to the sky -- "WHYYYY?!?"*

Not only that, but when I went to the little JoAnn that's on the way home from work (to spend the gift card that my workplace Secret Santa gave me), I could not find the teal fabric anywhere! They were completely out!

*drops to knees and starts to sob*

So I've asked Richard to take me to the big JoAnn (the two-story building with the fabric section upstairs) tomorrow, to see if we can locate the remaining quarter-yard of teal that I need.

If we can't, I may need to resort to begging any Oregonians in [livejournal.com profile] fabric_swaps to do me the favor of looking. I may ask in [livejournal.com profile] quilting, too, because I think they'd understand.
schizoauthoress: (Mi Na Heart and Soul)
More quilt design babble. Feel free to skip.
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Nine sashed blocks, 6" total across makes a big quilt. That number of blocks, about 10" across when finished, without sashing...that's gonna be huge. I might need to cut down Pinwheels-OIC size to six across...without a longarm quilting machine or the space, it will be difficult to do.

Work Quilt will be finished with "in the ditch" quilting. If I ever make a quilt with a more monochrome color scheme, I might wander out doing more interesting patterns, but for a first time, I'm only comfortable with following the current seams. Besides, that's how Granma does it. If it's good enough for her...

Current progress:
top row sewn together, bottom row still apart
five 3x3 sections sewn together, four to go
schizoauthoress: (Default)
More quilt design babble. Feel free to skip.
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Nine sashed blocks, 6" total across makes a big quilt. That number of blocks, about 10" across when finished, without sashing...that's gonna be huge. I might need to cut down Pinwheels-OIC size to six across...without a longarm quilting machine or the space, it will be difficult to do.

Work Quilt will be finished with "in the ditch" quilting. If I ever make a quilt with a more monochrome color scheme, I might wander out doing more interesting patterns, but for a first time, I'm only comfortable with following the current seams. Besides, that's how Granma does it. If it's good enough for her...

Current progress:
top row sewn together, bottom row still apart
five 3x3 sections sewn together, four to go
schizoauthoress: (Clothing Design-Work in Progress)
The Work Quilt was planned to be a Sixteen-Patch-and-Pinwheels, but I suck at doing 16 patch blocks, so I switched the design to what you see now.

Though I've been sewing and doing patchwork for several years, this will be my first completed quilt (the other blocks and partially finished tops were lost). I guess this is also a 'Work Quilt' because I have a lot of skills that need work, and this is a practice piece as much as anything. As long as the finished project does its duty as a blanket to keep us warm, who cares if it's not perfect, right? Learning experiences are good.



Click on the pic for a larger view of my WIP.

The picture you see is the first of nine 3x3 sections for the top. The finished quilt is going to be nine blocks wide by eleven blocks long. It will fit on a single bed with some extra, and maybe on a full without any hang. The binding will probably match the polka-dot corner-squares.

crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] quilting and [livejournal.com profile] quilt_nerds
schizoauthoress: (Default)
The Work Quilt was planned to be a Sixteen-Patch-and-Pinwheels, but I suck at doing 16 patch blocks, so I switched the design to what you see now.

Though I've been sewing and doing patchwork for several years, this will be my first completed quilt (the other blocks and partially finished tops were lost). I guess this is also a 'Work Quilt' because I have a lot of skills that need work, and this is a practice piece as much as anything. As long as the finished project does its duty as a blanket to keep us warm, who cares if it's not perfect, right? Learning experiences are good.



Click on the pic for a larger view of my WIP.

The picture you see is the first of nine 3x3 sections for the top. The finished quilt is going to be nine blocks wide by eleven blocks long. It will fit on a single bed with some extra, and maybe on a full without any hang. The binding will probably match the polka-dot corner-squares.

crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] quilting and [livejournal.com profile] quilt_nerds
schizoauthoress: (Adventures in Sewing)
I am sewing together the pinwheels from the work quilt. I decided to change it from Sixteen-Patch-and-Pinwheels to framing each pinwheel block. It will be 9 x 11 blocks, probably the size of a double-bed blanket when I'm done. I found this really neat neutral fabric, white with black-and-tan designs, for the frame -- each corner also has an accent fabric, tiny multicolored polka dots on black. The framing fabrics 'pop' a little more than I was expecting, but this is my "Work Quilt" in more ways than one...

Though I've been sewing patchwork for years, the Work Quilt will be my first completed quilt. I'm having difficulties with the bobbins -- since the auto-winder is being crappy, I have to wind by hand, which takes time and the damn things are never as full as I would like. But it is going...slowly, yes, but going.
schizoauthoress: (Default)
I am sewing together the pinwheels from the work quilt. I decided to change it from Sixteen-Patch-and-Pinwheels to framing each pinwheel block. It will be 9 x 11 blocks, probably the size of a double-bed blanket when I'm done. I found this really neat neutral fabric, white with black-and-tan designs, for the frame -- each corner also has an accent fabric, tiny multicolored polka dots on black. The framing fabrics 'pop' a little more than I was expecting, but this is my "Work Quilt" in more ways than one...

Though I've been sewing patchwork for years, the Work Quilt will be my first completed quilt. I'm having difficulties with the bobbins -- since the auto-winder is being crappy, I have to wind by hand, which takes time and the damn things are never as full as I would like. But it is going...slowly, yes, but going.

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